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Significant morbidity and mortality is caused by healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), including surgical site infections (SSIs), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and other healthcare-related infections and conditions caused by drug-resistant pathogens that jeopardize patient safety.

  • Research Finds That Severe Infections Damage Our Ability to Form Spatial Memories
    Increased inflammation following an infection impairs the brain's ability to form spatial memories – according to new research. The impairment results from a decrease in glucose metabolism in the brain's memory center, disrupting the neural circuits involved in learning and ...More
    January 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • Kids' Ear Infections Cost Healthcare System Nearly $3 Billion Annually
    Acute otitis media, or ear infection, is the most common ailment among kids of preschool age and younger in the U.S., primarily because these children have immature middle-ear drainage systems, higher exposure to respiratory illnesses and undeveloped immune systems. And ...More
    January 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Hospital-Diagnosed Maternal Infections Linked to Increased Autism Risk
    Hospital-diagnosed maternal bacterial infections during pregnancy were associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders in children, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published Dec. 23 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. The research ...More
    December 24, 2013 Posted in News
  • Research Shows How Household Dogs Protect Against Asthma and Infection
    Children's risk for developing allergies and asthma is reduced when they are exposed in early infancy to a dog in the household, and now researchers have discovered a reason why. Exposure of mice to dust from houses where canine pets are permitted both indoors and outdoors ...More
    December 18, 2013 Posted in News
  • More Than Skin Deep: New Layer to the Body's Fight Against Infection
    The layers of skin that form the first line of defense in the body’s fight against infection have revealed a unanticipated secret. The single cell type that was thought to be behind the skin’s immune defense has been found to have a doppelganger, with researchers from the ...More
    November 18, 2013 Posted in News
  • Study Shows How Infections in Newborns are Linked to Later Behavior Problems
    Researchers exploring the link between newborn infections and later behavior and movement problems have found that inflammation in the brain keeps cells from accessing iron that they need to perform a critical role in brain development. Specific cells in the brain need iron ...More
    October 8, 2013 Posted in News
  • Skin Infection Linked to Exposure to Aquariums is Under-Diagnosed
    A skin infection linked to exposure to contaminated water in home aquariums is frequently under-diagnosed, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study. Researchers say diagnosing and managing Mycobacterium marinum infection is difficult because skin lesions don’t appear for ...More
    October 7, 2013 Posted in News
  • Loyola Physician Discusses Dealing with Pink Eye
    As children are hard at work learning at school, viruses and bacteria are also hard at work, spreading from one child to another. One of the most contagious ailments is pink eye. Though not life-threatening the sticky infection is a hassle for parents, teachers and ...More
    September 23, 2013 Posted in News
  • Yale Researchers See Decline in Hospitalizations for Serious Heart Infection
    Hospitalizations for endocarditis, a deadly heart infection that disproportionately affects older heart patients, have declined in recent years despite recommendations for limited use of antibiotics to prevent the illness. These findings were recently published by Yale ...More
    September 17, 2013 Posted in News
  • FDA Advises Using Neti Pots Carefully to Avoid Infection
    Little teapots with long spouts have become a fixture in many homes for reasons that have nothing to do with tea. Called neti pots, they are used to rinse the nasal passages with a saline solution, and have become popular as a treatment for congested sinuses, colds and ...More
    September 5, 2013 Posted in News